Looking Back: The 5 Most Valuable Lessons I Learned (or Re-Learned) in 2011

I've been thinking about this post for over a month. The one I wrote last year was so well received, and important to me in many ways. This type of post is so much more personal than the content I normally share on this blog, but I think that's a good thing. I almost didn't write this post this year. Many of my lessons learned in 2011 where of the harsh and often brutal kind that aren't really fit for public publication on a professional blog. At the same time I think there is some benefit to taking the rough and ragged things and polishing them up, for both you and me. Things are so hectic, I Read more [...]

9 Reasons Publishers Should Stop Acting Like Libraries Are The Enemy

1. Libraries let people read your books. I know, I know, you think that if it weren't for libraries more people would buy your books, I have bad news for you, if it weren't for libraries people would read less not buy more books. There is no guarantee that the people who read a library copy could, or would, choose to buy your book. Let's face it no one who is willing spend  4 months  on the waiting list for their favorite author is going to buy that hardback copy and probably not the trade paperback or paperback either (have you seen the price of mass market paperbacks lately?). Instead Read more [...]

Penguin Pulls eBooks From Public Libraries Dropping it Down to 1 of the Big 6 Publishers Playing Nice With Libraries

Yesterday the big news online was Penguin Groups decision to withhold new titles from OverDrive, meaning new Penguin titles are no longer available for library patrons to check out. Additionally Penguin has requested that OverDrive no longer allow library patrons to check out existing Penguin titles on Kindle devices and apps. Penguin's Official Statement emphasis added by me Penguin has been a long-time supporter of libraries with both physical and digital editions of our books.  We have always placed a high value on the role that libraries can play in connecting our authors with Read more [...]

What IS a Library?

This week, after tweeting a link to ALA's President Molly Raphael's statement regarding the destruction of the Occupy Wall Street Library in New York City, I became engaged in a conversation on Twitter about what constitutes a library. To me this seems obvious, but I had a hard time coming up with a hard, fast definition. I discovered that, like Justice Stewart, I'm of the know-it-when-I-see-it mindset when it comes to identifying it - a library that is. I am not sure I can define it in terms that reconcile with the statement from ALA. If I say the dissolution or destruction of any library Read more [...]

Two New Library Podcasts You Should be Listening To: Circulating Ideas & Whatever Mathers

There are two new podcasts in libraryland you should be listening to! I know both of these hosts personally and I can't recommend their work enough so check them out! Circulating Ideas Circulating Ideas is a librarian interview podcast hosted by Steve Thomas. Steve has already had some great interviews and I know the line up he has for the rest of this year and next is going to be great. You can follow Circulating Ideas on Twitter @circideas, Facebook, the blog or subscribe via iTunes. Whatever Mathers Whatever Mathers features creative conversations with fabulous host Amy Mather and Read more [...]

Top Ten Links 2.44: eBooks, Digital Literacy, Transliteracy, Libraries & Quitting Google

My personally selected top ten from the links I shared on Twitter 10.30.2011 through 11.05.2011. In no particular order: 1. Free eBooks, Piracy & Secondhanding Musing on ebook piracy and free downloads yesterday at Alan Baxter’s blog, I made a passing comparison between the digital distribution of books, whether legally or illegally, and the sale of second-hand hardcopies. In both instances, neither author nor publisher makes money on the transaction, but whereas the former practice is almost invariably viewed as foolhardiness where legal and theft where not, the latter is viewed as Read more [...]

Why Amazon’s Lending Library is Not a Threat to Public Libraries

I had no idea that Amazon's announcement would signal the end of the world, or at least the end of public libraries, or as my friend & colleague Andy puts it, the library apocalypse or I would have included this in yesterday's post. First let's talk numbers about the Amazon Lending Library* Prime costs $79 a year, that's roughly $6.58 a month. You must have a Kindle (not an app) to use the Amazon Lending Library, those start at $79. There are 5,000 titles available, (here's a breakdown by genre) None of the six largest publishers in the U.S. is participating. You get one book Read more [...]

Amazon Announces Kindle Lending Library for Prime Members

If you have been paying attention you knew it was coming. The Kindle Lending Library from Amazon. If you own a Kindle, yes you have to have a device not an app, and a Prime Membership you can now borrow books from Amazon. More Info Kindles start at $79 Prime Membership is $79 a year. You can only borrow one book per calendar month. Right now there are about 5,000 titles. The book currently being borrowed can be read on multiple Kindles. devices, as long as they are registered to the same eligible account, but cannot be read on Kindle reading apps. One book can be borrowed Read more [...]

Blog Poll: What is the Most You Are Willing to Pay for an eBook? Why?

I thought I would run a little informal poll here on the blog - What's the most you'll pay for an ebook? For me that limit is $9.99 but its arbitrary, so I'm curious, what's your limit? If you feel like it, please leave a comment with your limit and why you chose that limit. Edited/Added for clarification: I'll pay more than $9.99 for textbooks. Even though I am grumpy that I can't sell them back at the end of the semester it is worth it not to have to deal with a heavy book that wont stay open and tiny print. Plus the highlighting options are super-freaking awesome! That said I do stick to Read more [...]